It has been three days since your birthday party, but you have never quite gotten to sending pictures with your friends in them yet. Thankfully, Facebook has a new companion app called Moments that can help you out.
What Facebook Moments does is scan your Camera Roll, looking for photos that have your friend's face in them, and then gathers these images so that you can share these pictures to your friend with just a single tap. The great thing about Moments is that it allows your friends to collaborate with you in collecting photos for a private album, which means that all the people present at your birthday bash can get hold of each other's pictures too.
If the Facebook Moments app takes off, no longer will we see debates about which phone should be used to take a group picture. The enthusiasm in which people participate in group pictures is inversely proportional to the waiting time they can endure regarding when they will be tagged on Facebook.
But for many a Facebook user who are not 24/7 social media freaks, it may take some time before they can share the group pictures they took, not to mention sit down and tag the people present in the photos (and their invited companions whom you have never met before and are certainly not Facebook friends with). Then there's the issue of privacy -- is it okay to post this picture which has whatsername on it? And if it is, oh shucks, you would have to add that person to your Friends List or Group. Meanwhile, your friends are all waiting for you to share the pics, texting and messaging you about it every five minutes.
But with Facebook Moments, the process is made simpler. This is made possible, of course, with facial recognition technology. Facebook Moments is simply detecting which of your Facebook friends are in your photos and offering you a quick way to let those friends know that their faces are in the photos. If people are not comfortable with the idea of their faces being automatically scanned, they can always opt out via their Facebook account's Timeline and Tagging settings (under managing tags people add and tagging suggestions).
Of course, facial recognition is still far from being a perfect technology. So it is possible that the facial scanning can lead to embarrassing or hilarious results. Still, the technology can only improve from here, that is of course, if Facebook users make use of it.
For now, Facebook is only launching Moments in the United States as a companion app to Facebook and Messenger on both the Android and iOS platforms.
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